It has been around one year since Roman Reigns revealed to the world that he was diagnosed with leukemia, but the former WWE Champion discusses misconception that may had come as a result of that.
During an interview with Uproxx, Reigns was asked about the negative opinions that may have been thrown around regarding his diagnosis, calling into question the authenticity of it. During his time away from WWE after his diagnosis, Reigns was still active, appearing alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the "Hobbs & Shaw" film.
Reigns believes that some people weren't very knowledgeable about the disease and so the picture of a high-caliber athlete such as Reigns having leukemia doesn't register well with them. Reigns does implore people to go out and do research so that they can understand more about leukemia.
"It’s almost like a dog. People picture rottweilers and pitfalls to just be mean because the reputation cancer has a reputation. Through depiction and film and just everything else and just putting it on a... As a picture, you don’t ever see someone 6’3, 260 pounds with cancer. It’s always an older, very frail, skinny, malnourished person, a very weak... But that’s sometimes quite the opposite... So if people just step back, do a little research before they put it out there, I think a lot of that would’ve just been wiped clean. That was just people like instincts, just impulsive reactions and they’re just going right away without just stepping back and like, 'Let me use the Google machine real quick. Let me just... they’ll tell me about this stuff. Let me web MD this or LLS this.' LLS.org will tell you all about it," Reigns said.
Reigns would later come back to WWE earlier this year, later being drafted to SmackDown in the first round of the 2019 WWE Draft. The full interview between Reigns and Uproxx can be read at this link.